Original Vs. Remake – The Fog (2005)

It’s time again for Catie Rhodes and me to break down another cinematic original and its remake.  Returning to our usual ways, Catie reviews the original and I take on the remake.  This month we tackle the horror film, The Fog.

The FogUsually, I include Catie’s Homemade Summary that applies to both films.  But this time, I tweaked it just a bit:

A small Oregon island prepares to celebrate its founding fathers only to find a supernatural force wants to mark the celebration in a less festive—and more deadly—manner.

Fog… fog is a lot like darkness.  The restriction of one’s visibility and inability to see clearly is a bit spooky.  Anyone who has ever driven in a thick fog knows exactly what I’m talking about—it’s stressful not knowing what is directly in front of you.  And perhaps it’s because of this that fog is now associated more times than not with horror—images, movies, etc.  Although I haven’t had the reveal yet, I even use fog on the cover of my second YA release to add to the allure and mystery of the story.

But let’s talk about the 2005 remake, starring Tom Welling (Smallville), Maggie Grace (the Taken films), and Selma Blair (from one of my favorites, Cruel Intentions).  Tom Welling plays Nick Castle, the hero of the story.  When I first heard of this film back in 2005, not only was I intrigued by the title and concept (because I love horror), but I’d watch this Superman in pretty much anything.

Anyway, here’s an interesting bit of trivia: the character of Nick Castle is named after the actor who played “The Shape” in Carpenter’s Halloween.  Remember, Carpenter created the original 1980 film.

So I rented the 2005 movie one Friday night…

Years ago.  Back when it first hit the video stores.  And then, I felt The Fog was a pretty good flick, especially when watched in the dark.  And by the way, the sink scene (you’ll know what I’m talking about) got me…

But did it scare the bejeezus out of me?  No.

And this time when I watched it specifically for this review?  Nope.  Not this time either.  To be honest, I had hard time keeping interest this go round.

However, let me be clear.  I did not have a hard time watching because it’s horrible, or deserving of some of the “bad movie” awards it won (the Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for Worst Film and the Stinkers Bad Movie Award for Least Scary Horror Movie), but because I had already seen it and nothing really surprised me this time.

After all, that is what I look for in a horror movie… does it keep me on the edge of my seat?  Does it surprise me?  Is it intense?  Because let’s be honest, I’ve come to the conclusion that no movie actually scares me.  I just watched The Conjuring this week after hearing so many things about how it’s the scariest movie people have seen in ages.  Yet, I didn’t find it scary one single bit.  Intense.  Yes.  But scary?  No.

So is the 2005 film version worthy of a watch?  Why not?  If you haven’t already seen it that is…

However, I can’t compare it to the original.  And that’s one reason why I love this series so much.  Often times, I don’t even realize the more recent films are even remakes, like this month.  Not only was I not aware of the 1980 film, I had no idea it was a John Carpenter flick.  Bottom line, I will now have to watch the original just because.

What do you think?  Have you seen either the original or the 2005 version of The Fog?  If you’ve seen both, which do you prefer and why?  If you haven’t, do you want to?  I’d love to hear from you! 

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday – Ravenswood

Welcome back to Why It’s Worth a Watch Wednesday!

Today I’m jumping in with one of my most anticipated shows of the season—Ravenswood.

ABC Family Summary: Tormented by a deadly curse lingering for generations in a small Pennsylvania town, five strangers search for its origins to put it to an end. 

I’ve made no secret of the fact about how much I love Pretty Little Liars… and now, I *kinda* have a second hour of PLL to watch every week.  How’s that?  Because Ravenswood is a Pretty Little Liars spinoff!

For those of us who watch PLL, we saw a sneak peek into the town of Ravenswood last season.  And I don’t know about the rest of you, but I couldn’t wait to see why the entire town gathered at the statue when the bells rang.  Creepy!

Which is why I find it odd, how after four episodes, the series has yet to explore this one single time.  Are we supposed to forget how odd it was when Spencer and Toby visited Ravenswood for the first time when the entire town gathered in the cemetery like zombies when the bells tolled?  I guess so.

Anyway…

With the spinoff comes the sad realization that Caleb (Tyler Blackburn) is leaving Rosewood for Ravenswood.  Does this mean he and Hanna are breaking up?  So far, no.

Joining Caleb in Ravenswood are four strangers (to him, not to each other necessarily): Miranda, played by Nicole Anderson from Beauty and the Beast, a transient like Caleb who is searching for her biological uncle and any sense of family that she can find; Remy, played by Britne Oldford from American Horror Story: Asylum, the daughter of the local paper owner who isn’t as quick to dismiss the curse when she discovers a history of it; Luke, played by Brett Dier from The L.A. Complex, a local boy grieving his father’s recent passing and the most reluctant to believe what is going on around him; and Olivia, played by Merritt Patterson from Kyle XY, Luke’s sister (and homecoming queen) who is searching for answers to her father’s death and is the first, besides Caleb, to see actual ghosts.

Together these teens must dig into the town’s past to uncover its secrets. And hopefully break the Ravenswood curse.

The curse… every time a soldier returns from war, usually when he or she survived some miracle that his or her fellow soldiers did not, five teens must die.

And guess what?!  Remy’s mother (played by Sophina Brown from Shark and Numb3rs) just returned from war, having been found underneath rubble, the lone survivor of an attack.

The series also stars: Steven Cabral as Miranda’s uncle, Raymond, and the owner of the Ravenswood funeral home—I don’t know who this Australian actor is, but he is CUTE!!; Henry Simmons (NYPD Blue and Shark) as Remy’s dad, Terry—LOVE him and the fact that he and his real life wife play husband and wife on Ravenswood!; Meg Foster as Carla Grunwald, the creepy funeral home “keeper” who also served as a sorority mother on Pretty Little Liars; and Laura Allen (The 4400) as Luke and Olivia’s mother, Rochelle, who also happens to be the prime suspect in her husband’s murder.

If someone can’t tell, I have a crush on the adult men in Ravenswood… even if Uncle Ray looks like a grown up version of Eddie Munster.

But back to my assessment…

Is Ravenswood as good as Pretty Little Liars?  No.  Not yet anyway.

Actually, the two really aren’t anything alike (other than the character of Caleb moving over to Ravenswood and the PLL girls having visited the town of Ravenswood on occasion).  Our favorite Rosewood girls deal with real life problems, like the murder of their best friend, stalkers, and crazy “live” people…  the Ravenswood five are fighting the supernatural and a curse.

But I will applaud Ravenswood on one thing.  The curse is no joke.  And by that, I mean they’ve actually already killed one of the stars of the show.  Even if he/she (I don’t want to give anything away) is still technically on the show because he/she appears as a ghost (remember, supernatural TV…).  Regardless, that doesn’t happen all that often on TV—the stars of a television series are usually safe.

I’m going to stick with Ravenswood, mainly because I’m a Pretty Little Liars fan and I want to see where it goes.  But like I said earlier, it is nowhere near as good as PLL.  We already know the curse, so there’s not a lot of mystery (except for who killed Luke and Olivia’s dad… and why?).  However, there is suspense (like is anyone else going to die and how?).  For that, I’m awarding the new ABC Family teen drama with the JFTV ratingRavenswood isn’t great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds.

What do you think—have you watched Ravenswood?  I’d love to hear from you!

A Recap of The WatchWed Review System:

GTV (Gourmet TV): Everything we want and more
MacTV (MacNCheese TV): Guilty pleasure. Not perfect, but is satisfies
GMacTV (Gourmet MacNCheese TV): A combination of fine wine and comfort food
JFTV (Junk food TV):It’s not great for us, but we’ll go back for seconds
TBPTV (Twice Baked Potato TV): Part gourmet and delicious, while absolutely horrible for our cholesterol
SSTV (Still Simmering TV): It has potential, but the jury is still out
NIV (NyQuil Induced Viewing): Perfect for that late night television sleep timer
LOTV (Liver&Onions TV): Do we really have to explain? Blech
Inedible TV: Exactly how it sounds…

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Tiffany A. White is the author of the YA mystery Football Sweetheart series available on Kindle and Nook.  She is available for contact via Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or via email at tiffany {at} tiffanyawhite {dot} com.

My First Post

For as long as I can remember, I’ve nearly centered my social life around the nightly television schedule.  As a small girl, I vividly remember rushing home from Friday night high school football games to watch Miami Vice.  Not the normal play-date for an eight-year old.    In high school, I looked forward to Thursday night when my parents were out and I had the TV to myself.  To this day, Thursday is still my favorite day of the week because of the television lineup in the 90s.  Plus, Thursday means only one more day until the weekend.  In college, I made my friends wait until the series finale of 90210 wrapped before I’d join them at our favorite bar, and then asked them to wait longer so I could repaint my face from all the crying.  I have the best girl friends a woman could ask for – love you, you know who you are. 

The past decade, I worked in a very crazy environment serving as a multi-business owner’s Executive Assistant.  He was always out of the office leaving me behind to handle all the b-s.  Don’t get me wrong, I adored working for him but I wasn’t really a fan of all my co-workers.  Come six o’clock, I used television as my outlet to relieve my stress.  Maybe it’s not the healthiest habit but definitely enjoyable.

Today, I stay home and write fiction not leaving much time for my beloved pastime.  My minor case of OCD (well, I say minor but my friends and family insist I have more of a problem than I recognize) nags at me because I have over 130 recordings on my DVR, but I’m battling those demons one day at a time.  For the first time in my life, I’ve found something I enjoy more that curling up on the couch with my blanket and remote control: writing. 

Last month, I attended DFWCon and I can honestly say it’s the best investment that I’ve made in a long time.  At the conference, I signed up for a Social Media Workshop led by the great Kristen Lamb.  Until then I didn’t Facebook, Tweet, or Blog.  I’ve enjoyed reconnecting with long-lost friends via FB and this week, I successfully launched my new twitter account: @Tiffany_A_White.  I’ve met some wonderful writers’ online suffering through the same struggles I battle daily and it helps to know that I’m not alone.    

I dedicate my inaugural blog to Kristen and my fellow classmates.  Thank you for the inspiration!

Kristen Lamb – http://warriorwriters.wordpress.com/

Damian Trasler – http://dtrasler.com/

Amy Shojai – http://amyshojai.com/

Danielle Meitiv – http://daniellemeitiv.com/

Pamela Mason – http://www.writermason.blogspot.com/

Jen Greyson – http://www.thesurvivalmama.com/

Shellie Sakai – http://shelliesakai.wordpress.com/

Jenny Hansen – http://jennyhansenauthor.wordpress.com/

PJ Kaiser – http://pjkaiser.com/

Grace H. Lewis – http://sweetdreamsflyingmachines.wordpress.com/

Michele Blaker – http://micheleblaker.wordpress.com/

Tune in Tuesday for my first edition of Tiffany’s Tele-Tuesday!  Please feel free to leave comments.  I would love to hear from you!

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